On the July 17 signing deadline for Major League Baseball draft picks, University of Hawaii ace pitcher Tyler Brashears told KHON2 he will forgo his senior season and sign with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 14th-round selection came to the decision Friday morning and will receive $100,000 in signing bonus.
“It was definitely a long process of negotiating the terms of the deal, but ultimately my decision was that the Rays are a top-class organization and they’re the best at developing pitching, and I’m looking forward to working with some of the best pitching coaches in the game,” he said.
The junior wowed in his only season in Manoa, posting one of the best single seasons in school history. His stat line included a minuscule 1.86 earned run average, 68 strikeouts and 8 wins in 101 2/3 innings pitched.
His message to fans: “It was definitely a blessing to play in front of everyone who followed our team and who liked me so much, definitely one of the best things about Hawaii.”
The Lake Forest, Calif. native had been the 16th highest draft pick yet to sign heading into Friday.
Brashears will be placed in the Class-A rookie Appalachian League where he will suit up for the Princeton Rays.
He joins fellow Rainbow Warriors LJ Brewster and Quintin Torres-Costa to forgo remaining eligibility and turn professional this summer.